‘But Theuth, it should be noted, spoke not another word.'
These few words, taken from Plato’s Pharmacy (Dissemination, 1972, translated 1981), embody the essence of what were lifelong preoccupations for Derrida, and open up a vast array of possibilities for deconstructive strategies and their applications to vocal music, not only performative, but also phenomenological and analytical. Taking this phrase as a starting point, this lecture recital will explore the ways in which these strategies unfold in works by Wolfgang Rihm, Charlotte Seither, Hans-Joachim Hespos and Morton Feldman.
Clare Lesser specialises in the performance of vocal music from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular emphasis on experimental works and extended techniques. She has given over fifty world premieres, and has been nominated for a RPS award for her work in this field. She is recorded by Métier and is currently head of the vocal programme at New York University Abu Dhabi.